Kidney Bean Chocolate Cake Recipe

Kidney Bean and Coconut Chocolate Cake Recipe

Vegan kidney bean chocolate cake that’s without refined sugar or carbohydrates. You wouldn’t guess beans from the taste as even people that don’t like beans or loved this cake.

This healthy cacao cake is rich, chocolatey, moist and creamy despite being vegan, low sugar and gluten-free.

Suitable for everyone including nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and oil-free diets. That may sound like a long list but trust me this healthy cake is delicious and avoids all the main allergens.

Kidney Bean and Coconut Chocolate Cake

As you might have guessed I’m no expert at baking – it’s no coincidence that all my recipes are simple and easy. Lots of cake recipes do say to do things in a certain order, adding slowly until just the right point has been reached.

I don’t find this is necessary for this cake to work out really well – just blend everything together and bake! The final result does have a fudgy almost uncooked texture to it, but this is due to the ingredients.

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With this cake the dough is fine to taste before baking to make sure the right level of sweetness and chocolate is present. In fact, I could quite happily just eat the dough raw like cookie dough.

Chia seeds are used instead of eggs here as they help make a fluffy cake with a great texture. They don’t quite have the same lift so this cake is denser than a typical chocolate cake.

Kidney Bean and Coconut Chocolate Cake Healthy Recipe

I was originally going to bake this in two halves, just like the chocolate quinoa avocado fudge cake, but while making I changed my mind as the dough was quite solid. I also was concerned that the coconut cream in the middle wouldn’t stay in place once sandwiched.

After it was baked I took the somewhat risky decision to slice in half and it worked out really well (even with awful knife skills due to filming from two camera angles).

egg and nut free chocolate vegan cake

If you’re not going to be icing the cake then it works well to add half a cup of oats into the cake mixture. These help keep it bit more moist and fluffy as it can be a bit dry if it isn’t frosted.

I often make this as a tray bake and dollop on coconut cream just to make life easier.

easy gluten free chocolate cake

A small jug blender or coffee grinder works well to grind the chia seeds. If you don’t have one then just blend using a food processor – you just have to be careful about adding ingredients in the right order.

With just a food processor and add the coconut and chia seeds dry first and blitz for a few minutes until they’re all broken up.

You can make in a bullet device but it is a bit fiddly as it needs to be done in several batches and shook while blending.

Healthy vegan and gluten free chocoalte cake

This cake is oil-free and the fats mainly come from the coconut meat and chia seeds. Obviously, it still contains lots of fats from the seeds but they haven’t been processed and refined to remove just the fat so the fiber is still present.

You might have heard that kidney beans are toxic. This is the case when they are not cooked as they do need to be soaked then boiled. Kidney beans straight from a can have already been cooked and are a very healthy food.

chocolate cake suitable for all main allergens

I thought one tin of coconut milk wouldn’t be enough to ice the cake. But honestly, a thin layer of the coconut cream is more than enough as it’s so rich. You can add some sweetness and vanilla to the cream when you whip it if you like. I felt that with the sweetness of the cake that just pure coconut cream would work best.

Yield: 1 cake

Kidney Bean Chocolate Cake

Kidney Bean and Coconut Chocolate Cake Recipe

This healthy cake recipe is made of mainly coconut and kidney beans. You wouldn't guess it from the taste as even people that don't like beans or coconut have loved this cake. It's rich, chocolatey, moist and creamy despite being vegan and gluten-free.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 can Kidney beans, 420g
  • 5 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 15 tbsp water
  • 2 cups / 120 grams Desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup / 75g Cocoa/cacao powder
  • 1 cup / 175g pitted Dates
  • 5 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 can Coconut milk, 400ml
  • 2 tbsp Cacao nibs


  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 350F.
  2. Grind chia seeds until broken then mix with the water.
  3. Place desiccated coconut into your food processor and blend until it starts to clump together, about a minute.
  4. Add everything else to the food processor (bar the coconut milk) and blend for a few mins until combined.
  5. Spread the mixture into a lined pan about 7″ in diameter.
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until a knife comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cool and firm up – as it’s gluten-free it won’t become firm until cool.
  8. Open your coconut milk and take off just the solid cream and leave the liquid for smoothies. Chill your can overnight if it is not separated into water and cream.
  9. Whisk the coconut cream for a minute.
  10. Slice the bean cake in half horizontally.
  11. Spread the whipped coconut cream into the middle and top of the gluten free chocoalte cake.
  12. Sprinkle on the cacao nibs or any other garnish you like.
  13. Eat kidney bean chocolate cake within 3 days and store in the fridge.


  • All tbsp for dry ingredients are heaped, as they are for all my recipes.
  • Use unsweetened desiccated / shredded coconut.
  • The kidney beans can be replaced by black beans if you prefer.
  • If you’re a coffee lover then try adding a shot of espresso to the mix.
  • If your kidney beans have salt added then omit the salt in the recipe.
  • Pick a brand of coconut milk that you can tell is separated into cream and water.
  • Always use full-fat coconut milk to make the coconut whipped cream frosting.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 372Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 251mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 9gSugar 29gProtein 8g
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20 thoughts on “Kidney Bean Chocolate Cake”

    1. Hi there thanks for the great recipe, unfortunately i cant find red beans in a can.. so how much do you thing i need to cook instead? (After soaking of course)

  1. Was looking for a vegan chocolate cake that was high in protein so happy to have found this recipe. I’ve baked it once but in muffins and sliced in half. That worked really well thanks. I don’t add any coconut oil as prefer to be oil free and its still very moist.

  2. Hello,
    How do you put beans with liquid or just beans? I put only the beans, but later I had to add water. Please give me more information about coconut cream. I tried to do it many times but in vain. I put the 100% clear and full fat coconut milk in the refrigerator for 24 hours. I whip the milk into a powerful chopper with cream stirrer because I do not have a hand mixer. Is there a way to whip the cream with a wire stirrer? Thank you advanced.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, Use the drained beans for this. But as they vary so much you might need to add a bit of fresh water. Use your intuition and match the constancy for the video – sorry about being vague but recipes high in natural products are less of a science. Does the milk separate in the fridge? I just take off the thick cream and leave the water for smoothies or similar. You can just used a hand whisk or even just spread on the cream with a knife or pallet knife as it will be smooth

  3. Hello. Thank you very much. Yes, the milk separates in the fridge. Next time I’ll try with hand whisk. The cake is very delicious.

  4. Sheena Macfarlane

    Hi. I can’t have dates or any dried fruit or bananas or avocado or beetroot – is there anything (left!) for a substitution? Hash tag bullied by intolerances.

    1. What if I do eat egg, and don’t have chia on hand – how many eggs would I need to use in this recipe? 🙂

    1. Bastian Durward

      Ooh I’m not sure about steaming it, I’ve never actually steamed a cake. I guess as the ingredients are cooked it might work if you reduce the liquid amounts?

    1. Bastian Durward

      It can, I’ve made it with black beans to a great success but they’re hard to get in the UK. For chickpeas it might work although be quite different 🙂

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